High School: Rockwall

Julius Randle leads area in recruiting rankings

May, 25, 2012
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The new basketball recruiting season officially started this week when ESPN Recruiting Nation released its annual prospect rankings.

Plano Prestonwood Christian forward Julius Randle becomes the area's most coveted recruited, checking in at No. 2 in the nation on the 2013 ESPN 100 list.

Randle is joined in the top 10 by Dallas Kimball guard Keith Frazier, who checks in at No. 9.

Four other DFW players cracked the ESPN 100: 19. DeSoto guard Matt Jones; 28. Arlington Grace Prep center Karviar Shepherd; 41. Arlington Grace Prep forward Jordan Mickey; and 93. Richardson Berkner guard Kendal Harris.

Jones, who is committed to Duke, is the only ranked area player who has made his college choice.

Grace Prep's prime talent isn't limited to its senior class. Guard Emmanuel Mudiay is No. 5 on the 2104 ESPN 60 list. One other area player is on the ESPN 60: Garland Lakeview Centennial center Elbert Robinson at No. 59.

Two players who will be sophomores next year are on the 2015 ESPN 25 list. Prestonwood Christian forward Mickey Mitchell is No. 2, and Rockwall forward Elijah Thomas is No. 22.
To say the Flower Mound softball team had a rough week would be a terrible understatement.

The team thought it had Saturday's one-game Class 5A regional quarterfinal against Plano East in the bag on a walk-off hit that scored a runner from second base in the bottom of the seventh.

The play appeared to end when the runner slid past a tag from the Plano East catcher, eliciting a safe signal from the home plate umpire.

But the runner was tagged during the Flower Mound celebration and was called out for not touching home plate.

The controversy boiled down to a small difference in rules between softball and baseball as mandated by the National High School Federation.

Rule 2, section 1, article 9 of the NHSF rule book states: “If a runner misses home plate and the catcher misses the tag, the umpire should hesitate slightly. If no tag is made, the umpire should declare the runner safe. If an appeal play is then made by tagging either the runner or home plate, the umpire should then make a decision on this appeal play.”

In baseball, umpires are instructed to hold position and refrain from making any call if no tag is made on a play and the runner misses the plate.

“The intention of the rule was probably meant to be good but in this situation it was not,” Flower Mound coach Mark Larriba said.

Flower Mound failed to plate any more runners in the seventh and could not come from behind in the eighth after Plano East took a 3-2 lead, ending the Lady Jaguars’ season in a crushing fashion.

And it came while the team was already dealing with tragedy.

Earlier in the week, Flower Mound catcher Christy Lisenby's father died in a car accident. The team did not practice Wednesday and had a memorial service to attend after the Saturday's game.

“There was a lot of emotion going around and then to have that happen,” Larriba said. “It was difficult to tell the girls the right thing. We realized softball is like life – it’s not fair. Sometimes things go against you but how you react to adversity is what coaches teach you and we really had to apply that.”

Larriba said he has no hard feelings toward the umpire, whom he said was trying to do his job to the best of his abilities, and wished Plano East the best of luck in their journey deeper in to the playoffs.

He just chalks it up to the human element to the game – which includes those who write the rules.

“The lesson is that people make mistakes. If we never forgave people for making mistakes, the world would be a hateful place,” Larriba said.

At least one area team destined for Austin

All that remain in the Class 4A Region II bracket are four strong teams from the Metroplex, meaning one will earn a bid to the state tournament in Austin.

Defending state finalist Forney returns to the regional semifinal to face a hot Rockwall squad that has yet to face much of a challenge in its playoff run. The first two games will be held at Forney on Thursday and Rockwall on Friday, with a rubber match Saturday at Plano West if necessary.

The winner of that series has either Frisco Wakeland or Ennis to look forward to in the region final.

Wakeland has been impressive, outscoring opponents 53-2 through four games in the first three rounds of play.

In 4A Region I, Birdville is the only area team still alive.

Hebron ousts Plano in regional quarterfinal

Plano will not make a return trip to Austin after falling to Hebron 4-2 in a one-game Class 5A regional quarterfinal Saturday.

That leaves just Plano East and Hebron representing the area in the 5A bracket, both in Region I. Plano East faces Lubbock Coronado and Hebron takes on El Paso Americas in the regional semis this weekend.
Rockwall and McKinney faced off twice this softball season in District 10-4A play, with district champion Rockwall winning both times, 3-1 and 8-2.

Just because district play is over doesn’t mean these two are done battling.

Rockwall and McKinney are slated to square off again in the regional quarterfinals of the 2012 UIL softball state playoffs in a best-of-three series at Allen High School.

Rockwall rides a high into the regional quarterfinal after knocking of Frisco Centennial decisively in the bi-district round. Centennial eliminated the Yellowjackets last year in the regional semifinals, Rockwall’s deepest trip into the playoffs under head coach Shadie Acosta.

Rockwall did not return the veteran experience it had last season but has peaked at the right time, taking a few lumps throughout the regular season to prepare for the challenging grind of the playoffs.

“You’re going to have some rough times in the beginning if you have a young team and you have to build that chemistry,” Acosta said. “I think we decided that we were going to make this work. We’ve had many opportunities this season to touch on those things and how important it is to have that common respect for each other on and off the field and how your work ethic will always pay off.”

Two of the highs in Rockwall’s roller-coaster season were wins over McKinney.

While the second score was lopsided in Rockwall’s favor, McKinney proved it could play with the Yellowjackets in the first matchup, leading 1-0 through the sixth inning before Rockwall mounted a three-run rally.

“They have a great pitcher and a few good players so we know that they’re not going to roll over for us," Acosta said. "They are our district rival and one of the better teams in our district so we’re always excited to face off against them.”

Plano and Plano East destined for playoff duel

Over the past two years, high school football fans have dubbed Allen-Euless Trinity playoff matchups as the biggest must-see games this side of the state championship.

In high school softball, the matchup of that caliber is looming just two rounds away.

Plano and Plano East share a district and placement in the ESPNHS Fab 50, with East coming in highest at No. 11.

Plano East took the season series and in turn claimed the district title over second-place Plano.

Before that matchup can happen, the two Plano schools will have to face their most challenging opponents to date in the regional quarterfinals.

Plano East will face the third-place finisher from its district, Flower Mound, in the regional quarterfinals this weekend.

In an interesting twist, Flower Mound handed Plano East its only two district losses of the season.

Plano faces Hebron, which finished fourth in District 8-5A but knocked off District 7-5A champion Keller and 6-5A runner-up Hurst L.D. Bell in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Plano went the distance in its three-game area-round series before dispatching Mansfield Legacy, making nothing certain against a hot Hebron squad.
Earlier this season in Round Rock, home of the state baseball tournament, Flower Mound Marcus pitcher Colin Poché displayed the superior ability that has made a believer of his coach.

The senior ace limited a historically strong Coppell to four hits in Marcus' 2-1 victory.

Those who weren't there to witness Poché's talent that day may also not be aware of his 0.00 ERA through 57 innings pitched.

“You’ll most likely see him pitching on TV one day,” Marcus coach Dustin Sykora.

Poché has collected six wins in his senior year and has seen opposing runners cross the plate during his time on the mound. However, all runs under his watch have been unearned.

Sykora said his pitching star has everything you can ask for in a left-handed pitcher, including a tall frame that he’s grown into during his time at Marcus.

Poché has committed to Arkansas, but Sykora believes he won't set foot on campus with major league aspirations looming in the pitcher's immediate future.

Crazy finish for District 10-4A

Always strong Highland Park began district play already on the ropes. The Scots picked up their four 10-4A losses quickly, sitting at 1-4 through the first five district games.

However, the Scots haven't lost since falling to McKinney North and even knocked off previously nationally ranked Rockwall-Heath twice.

Rockwall-Heath sits in control of the district at 10-3 but could lose its grip to either Highland Park or Rockwall if it loses its final game of the season against Wylie East.

Both Highland Park and Rockwall have one game remaining as well.

Arlington Martin remains only DFW Fab 50 team

Martin (24-2-1) gained ground in this week’s ESPNHS Fab 50 poll, moving into the No. 33 spot after a big district win over state-ranked Weatherford. Martin previously sat in the No. 46 spot a week prior.

Leading the Texas pack is Corpus Christi Calallen at No. 7, followed by Corpus Christi Carroll at No. 21 and Deer Park at No. 25.

Rockwall-Heath duo on all-state baseball team

March, 5, 2012
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Rockwall-Heath's catcher and ace pitcher are among the area players named to the ESPNHS preseason Texas all-state baseball team.

Jovan Hernandez, who tied the state record with 42-game hit streak last year, and Jake Thompson, who registered 131 strikeouts, represent Rockwall-Heath on the team.

Other Dallas-Fort Worth players named to the squad are Argyle shortstop Austin Aune, Rockwall shortstop/outfielder Spencer Edwards, Keller Fossil Ridge pitcher Sheldon Neuse and Fort Worth Southwest Christian pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz.

Click here to see the full team, including a list of other top players. Access the teams from all 50 states here.

Duncanville highlights all-state tourney team

March, 4, 2012
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Champion Duncanville took three of the five spots on the Class 5A girls basketball all-state tournament team.

Class 5A championship game MVP Empress Davenport was joined by fellow Pantherettes Morgan Bolton and Tasia Foman.

The Class 4A all-tourney team features two players each from champion Mansfield Summit and runner-up Rockwall. Class 4A championship game MVP Maya Hawkins and Jazzmin Jackson represent Summit on the team. Alyssa Lang and Paige Turner were honored from Rockwall.

Kynzie Newman and Presley Stastny of runner-up Celina made the 3A all-tourney team.

Here are the complete all-state tournament teams, as selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association:



AUSTIN, Texas -- The remainder of Mansfield Summit guard Maya Hawkins' season was in jeopardy after she sustained a severe ankle sprain in January.

Hawkins missed three playoff games, but as Summit team continued to win she knew there was no way she could miss the state tournament.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comMansfield Summit celebrates after defeating Rockwall to win the the 4A state championship.
Saturday, playing at about 90 percent, Hawkins gave an MVP-worthy performance in Summit's 45-42 win over Rockwall to claim the Clas 4A girls state title.

Hawkins scored a team-high 19 points and tied for the lead in rebounds with five. Hawkins also was a key factory in Summit’s suffocating defense in the fourth quarter.

“Tonight was by far the best she’s played in four playoff games,” Summit coach Tammy Lusinger said. “Her shot definitely came back after they wouldn’t even let her shoot a ball for four weeks.”

After making a third-quarter comeback on the shoulders of center Alyssa Lang, Rockwall kept the score tight for the majority of the fourth quarter.

Lang worked her way through Summit’s defense with spins and dribbles, forcing Summit to play an extremely tight man-to-man set -- a staple of Summit’s play all season.

“All 15 players on this team bust their hiney on defense and we commit to that year-round, it’s not just now,” Lusinger said. “They play and they play hard.”

Rockwall coach Jill McDill said Summit was one of the best defensive teams she’s ever faced.

“We just knew that defense wins games and we just told each other to make defensive stops, and that fired us up,” Hawkins said. “So when we set that goal to get a stop and we reached it, it just got everyone fired up and excited about it and it helped us on the offensive end.”

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Lang still finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds for Rockwall, but poor free throw shooting ultimately led to the demise of the Yellowjackets. Rockwall shot just 52.2 percent from the line (12-23), including just 37.5 percent in the second half. Rockwall missed three key free throws with under a minute to play and trailing by no more than two points.

“We haven’t shot very well from the free throw line this year at all,” McDill said. “Somehow we kind of escaped that in the playoffs.”

McDill, a girls state tournament veteran, has been on both sides of a state final. But for all Rockwall has overcome this year, from struggles in the regular season to dealing with injuries, she hopes her team views the weekend as a celebration of its own.

“I always stayed and watched the medals; watched someone celebrate and someone cry," McDill said. "It’s always better to be celebrating, but we’ll tell the girls it was great to be here.”
Check in throughout the day for updates on this year's state championship games from the Erwin Center in Austin. For in-game updates follow me on Twitter: @espn_tlbrown.

Class 1A Division I

Sudan 70, Martin's Mill 40
  • Sudan wins its second state championship in four seasons, with the last coming in 2009.
  • Danielle Logan led Sudan in scoring with a game-high 36 points.
  • Sudan shot 48 percent in the championship game.
Class 3A

Abilene Wylie 59, Celina 45

Class 2A

Brock 52, Poth 49
  • Brock wins its fourth straight state title and seventh since 2000.
  • TCU signee Kamy Cole led Brock in scoring with 19 and picked up a double-double with 10 rebounds. Ashley Fuller led Poth with 15.
Class 4A

Mansfield Summit 45, Rockwall 42

Class 1A Division II

Neches 60, Lipan 41
  • Neches claimed its third straight state title, advancing to a 34-5 record.
  • Roddricka Patton led Neches in scoring with 31 points.
  • Shauna Coleman was the team-high scorer for Lipan with 18.
Class 5A

Duncanville 69, Spring Dekaney 31
    AUSTIN, Texas -- With about 45 seconds left in Rockwall’s 4A state semifinal game, senior center Alyssa Lang sat on the bench with tears rolling down her face.

    Lang exited with over four minutes left in the game after picking up her fifth foul, having no control over what could have been the last game of her high school career.

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    Her tears, however, were tears of joy as her teammates rallied around her to finish out Rockwall’s 48-35 win over Victoria East (40-3), giving Lang one more game.

    “She’s been the rock of our team,” senior guard Kayla Smith said. “For her to go out fouling out -- that’s not right. She deserves to have another chance to play. We decided that we were going to come together like all year and fight for another day, and so we play on Saturday.”

    Lang finished with nine points in the game, but it was Paige Turner’s night to shine and pick up the points that were denied Lang by early fouls.

    Turner finished with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds.

    Rockwall coach Jill McDill said the team just found a way to win.

    “We talked about it even before the game," McDill said. "This year we’ve had a lot of things that were struggles and fights, and these girls have found ways to win. Alyssa wasn’t on the court and other people had to step up.”

    Rockwall also fought through very physical play by Victoria East, keeping emotions in check and continuing to go to the basket. Rockwall attempted just seven 3-pointers on the night and failed to hit any until there was 7:20 left in the game.

    Victoria East got within five points after three, but a 3-pointer by Ellen Baker -- her only basket of the game -- started a Rockwall run that gave it some much-needed separation in the fourth quarter.

    “That’s the work of a great team, when you have several people that can step up and do different things for you,” McDill said. “You don’t just have to stop one person, it’s the whole team.”

    Mansfield Summit is the next to have a shot at Rockwall (34-7) in a game that will determine which side of Dallas the state gold medals will call home. The 4A state final tips at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

    “Honestly, I don’t know right now what the game plan is,” McDill said. “All I know is we get to play on Saturday.”

    Lang -- and the entire Rockwall team -- will have one more game this year to go out the only way they can imagine -- as state champs.
    Check in throughout Thursday and Friday for updates on all of the girls state tournament action:

    CLASS 1A DIVISION I

    Sudan 64, Snook 42
    • Sudan advances to the state final with a 33-3 record.
    • Guard Jasmine Weaver and forward Bailee Black were the team high scorers with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
    • Snook forward Aleah Bowers led the game in scoring with 14 points.
    • Sudan advances to play Martin's Mill in the state final at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
    Martin's Mill 71, Kerens 52
    • Martin's Mill advances to the state final with a 36-4 record on the season.
    • Guard Haily Jenkins led Martin's Mill with 27 points and was one of three teammates to score double-digit points.
    • Kerens forward Marqueshia Kelly scored a team-high 16 points.
    • Martin's Mill advances to play Sudan in the state final at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
    CLASS 3A

    Celina 45, Lorena 32

    Abilene Wylie 65, Liberty Hill 52
    • Wylie star and A&M commit Peyton Little had an "off" game, but still led her team in scoring with 25 points. Last year Little scored 43 in a game -- the record for scoring in a girls state tournament game.
    • Taylor Russell put up 17 for Liberty Hill.
    • Wylie advances to its third straight state final in as many years and seeks its second state title against Celina at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    CLASS 4A

    Mansfield Summit 40, Barbers Hill 37

    Rockwall 48, Victoria East 35
    Four area girls basketball teams will be making the trip to Austin this weekend in hopes of bringing a gold medal back to the Metroplex.

    Here is a look at the semifinal matchups for those teams at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas:

    CLASS 5A
    FRIDAY'S SEMIFINAL

    3 p.m.: Duncanville (38-1) vs. Houston Cypress Falls (37-2)

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    Road to Austin: Duncanville had no trouble knocking off Amarillo in the regional semifinal, 60-29, but had the arduous task of overcoming last year’s 5A state champion, Irving MacArthur, in a region final. Duncanville won an overtime thriller, 62-55.

    Cypress Falls: The Region III champion has outscored opponents 316-187 on its journey to state. Until the region final, no team had scored more than 48 points against Cypress Falls, which beat Alief Elsik, 59-52, in the region final. Cypress Falls scores more than 70 points 20 times this season, with a high of 99.

    Duncanville: Won the 5A state title in 2002-03, the last time it had made it to the state tournament. This is Duncanville’s 21st appearance in the state tournament. The Pantherettes attack from all angles and have four players averaging double-digit points per game. Leading the pack is senior Texas signee Empress Davenport, one of many shooters that will challenge Cypress Falls’ strong defense.

    CLASS 4A
    THURSDAY'S SEMIFINALS

    7 p.m.: Mansfield Summit (35-3) vs. Belvieu Barbers Hill (38-3)

    Road to Austin: It took four overtime periods for Summit to come out on top of its regional semifinal, but Summit cruised past Clint Horizon in the region final, 53-39.

    Barbers Hill: The Region III champion has seen its offensive production fall against tougher competition in the deeper rounds of the bracket but still managed to put up 66 points against Ozen in the region final. This will be Barbers Hill’s fourth appearance in the state tournament, with the last coming in 1997.

    Mansfield Summit: Summit has stood its ground through the playoffs with strong defensive play, allowing just one team to score more than 39 points. Ashley Eli has been Summit’s go-to player throughout the playoffs and is the team’s second leading scorer behind Maya Hawkins.

    8:30 p.m.: Rockwall (33-7) vs. Victoria East (40-2)

    Road to Austin: Rockwall handed Dallas Lincoln its first loss of the season in the regional quarterfinal. Rockwall narrowly escaped the regional tournament, sliding past Bryan Rudder, 48-46, and winning a defensive struggle against West Mesquite in the region final, 36-34.

    Victoria East: Victoria East averaged 64.1 points per game but has continued to improve on offense, putting up 74 in the regional quarterfinal and 70 in the regional semifinal. Guard Adelaide Wenzel is the team’s leading scorer with 16 points per game, and 5-foot-11 Kenya Griffin surveys the post. This is Victoria East’s first tournament appearance.

    Rockwall: Making its third appearance in the state tournament and first since it won the 5A title in 2006-07. The key to Rockwall’s success is its 3-point shooting and the play in the post of 6-foot-1 center Alyssa Lang. Lang will meet a team as deep in posts as Rockwall is in Victoria East, so hitting shots from the perimeter will make or break Rockwall’s offense.

    CLASS 3A
    THURSDAY'S SEMIFINAL

    2 p.m.: Celina (33-3) vs. Lorena (29-8)

    Road to Austin: Celina took care of business in the regional tournament, beating Pittsburg, 52-24, and Texarkana Liberty-Eylau, 65-50.

    Lorena: The path to state was a narrow one for Lorena, which won by less than 10 points in the regional quarterfinals through finals. Lorena hasn't scored more than 67 points, but has kept teams at bay with solid defense. This is Lorena’s first state tournament appearance.

    Celina: Third appearance at the state tournament and first since 1999. Celina took on a challenging schedule this season, which included a win over 5A Hebron, 54-23. Kynzie Newman leads Celina scorers, averaging 17 points per game.

    Duncanville girls elevate to No. 12 in FAB 50

    February, 28, 2012
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    Duncanville vaulted eight spots to No. 12 in the latest ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 girls basketball national rankings after Saturday's victory over previous No. 12 Irving MacArthur in the Class 5A Region 1 championship game.

    MacArthur slipped six spots to No. 18 after being denied a chance to defend its state championship.

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    Defending 4A state champion Dallas Lincoln fell from No. 22 to No. 40 after losing to Rockwall in the 4A Region 2 quarterfinals. Plano West dropped from No. 28 to No. 43 after MacArthur ended the Wolves' season in the regional quarterfinals.

    In the boys ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50, defending Class 5A state champion Flower Mound Marcus maintained its position at No. 5. No. 13 Prestonwood Christian also held its position.

    Arlington Grace Prep, which has reached the TAPPS 4A state semifinals, moved up three spots to No. 28. South Grand Prairie also moved up three spots and sits at No. 41.

    Richland, which had been No. 46, tumbled out of the rankings after its bi-district loss to Mansfield Timberview.

    Rockwall girls roar back to beat Bryan Rudder

    February, 24, 2012
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    GARLAND, Texas -- Rockwall trailed for the vast majority of its regional semifinals game against Bryan Rudder on Friday, but it led at the only point that matters -- the end.

    The Lady Jackets trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter but stayed resilient to steal a 48-46 win at the Garland Special Events Center.

    They advance to face West Mesquite (31-7) in the Class 4A Region II finals at 3 p.m. Saturday. West Mesquite ousted Highland Park, 62-51.

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    "We sat in the locker room at halftime and said 'We are not going to lose this game, there's no way,'" Rockwall post Alyssa Lang said. "We knew it was going to come down to the wire like that

    Nothing went right for Rockwall (32-7) in the first half. Lang, the team's leading scorer, was held to six points while Rudder point guard Lamaria Cole went off to give her team a 25-18 halftime lead.

    But after halftime, Rockwall coach Jill McDill moved defensive specialist Paige Turner off of Rudder's Fatima Adams -- their leading scorer -- and on to Cole.

    "We moved Paige to the point guard at halftime because she had so many points," McDill said. "Paige did a great job and really frustrated her."

    As a result, Rockwall started getting turnovers, Cole went cold after collecting her fourth foul, and the Lady Jackets began to chip away at Rudder's lead.

    While Lang was mauled in the paint in the first half, she found space in the second thanks to the sharp shooting of Kayla Smith, who finished with 18 points, most of which came in the second half.

    With Rudder now having to give Smith attention, Lang started doing what she does best -- dominating in the paint. She finished with a game-high 19 points and had six rebounds.

    But it was Smith who provided the late-game heroics. Her jumper with less than two minutes remaining gave Rockwall the lead, and she broke a tie with 1.9 seconds left in the game by connecting on two free throws.

    "We knew it was going to come down to the wire like that," Lang said. "Kayla Smith stepped up. She's our captain and we knew she was going to make it happen."

    Rudder opened the game with a 10-0 run behind the play of Cole. After Rockwall tied the game at 15 early in the second, her scoring outburst powered an 8-0 run that gave the Lady Rangers a 25-18 halftime lead.

    Rivals Rockwall, HP could meet in region finals

    February, 23, 2012
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    CLASS 4A REGION 2 GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

    (At Garland Special Events Center)

    FRIDAY'S SEMIFINALS

    6 p.m.: Rockwall vs. Bryan Rudder

    7:30 p.m.: Highland Park vs. West Mesquite

    SATURDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP

    3 p.m.: Semifinal winners

    HOW THEY GOT HERE

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    Rockwall (31-7): The District 10-4A champion defeated Frisco Centennial in bi-district 70-41; Dallas Kimball in area 65-23; Dallas Lincoln in regional quarterfinals 50-42.

    Bryan Rudder (34-5): The District 16-4A champion defeated Lancaster in bi-district 60-43; Royse City in area 65-59; Round Rock Cedar Ridge in regional quarterfinals 59-52 in 2OT.

    Highland Park (25-7): The District 10-4A runner-up defeated Frisco Heritage in bi-district 55-53; Dallas Carter in area 49-33; McKinney North in regional quarterfinals 40-39.

    West Mesquite (30-7): The District 15-4A champion defeated Hutto in bi-district 80-51; Tyler John Tyler in area 55-37; Sherman in regional quarterfinals 53-38.

    PLAYERS TO WATCH

    Rockwall: Alyssa Lang (6-1, Sr. P) signed with Rice; Morghen Day (5-6, Jr. G) leads the team in assists.

    Bryan Rudder: Fatima Adams (5-8, Sr. F) scored 26 points in Rudder's win over Cedar Ridge.

    Highland Park: Kaitlyn Read (5-8, Jr. PG) leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists; Sydney McDaniel (5-6, Sr. G) is the team's second leading scorer.

    West Mesquite: Claudia Price (6-0, Jr. F) is the team's leading scorer and rebounder; Sha'Georgia Williams (5-4, Sr. PG) leads the team in assists.

    LAST YEAR

    Rockwall: Lost to Dallas Lincoln 50-47 in the regional quarterfinals.

    Bryan Rudder: Lost to Jacksonville 45-39 in the regional quarterfinals.

    Highland Park: Missed the playoffs.

    West Mesquite: Lost to Dallas Lincoln 56-43 in the region finals.
    The competitive nature of the District 9-4A boys playoff race suggested the district would be competitive in the playoffs as well.

    It hasn't panned out that way.

    District 10-4A went 3-1 against 9-4A in the bi-district round, with 9-4A's one win being Frisco's 54-52 win over Rockwall.

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    Even that game went down to the wire despite Frisco being the 9-4A champion and Rockwall being the fourth seed from 10-4A. Frisco won after RJ White connected on a putback at the buzzer.

    District 10-4A's wins were convincing. McKinney North took a 68-58 win over Carrollton Creekview, which was enjoying a resurgent season that saw it push Frisco for the 9-4A crown.

    McKinney held off a late rally to beat Frisco Centennial 53-51, and Highland Park topped Carrollton Newman Smith 46-34 despite not having its top scorer, David Allen.

    Things get tougher for 10-4A as it moves on to face teams from Dallas ISD. Highland Park, which still won't have Allen (who is suspended for the week in compliance with the district's policy regarding arrests and participation in extracurricular activities), faces defending 4A champion Dallas Kimball, the No. 5 team in ESPN Dallas' final Class 4A area rankings.

    McKinney North takes on No. 4 Dallas Woodrow Wilson and McKinney gets No. 2 South Oak Cliff. Frisco plays Dallas Lincoln.

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